July 6, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois men's soccer head coach Eric Luzzi announced today the promotion of Scott Donnelly to associate head coach. Donnelly has been a member of the NIU coaching staff since 2009.
"Scott has done an absolutely first class job over the last two years on our staff," said Luzzi. "As our recruiting coordinator, he has been largely responsible for us bringing in three top notch recruiting classes for 2010, 2011, and 2012. On the field, he does a great job to make our players better, and help our team compete with the best teams in the nation."
"Coach Donnelly works very hard, he cares a great deal about our program and our players, and in general I would consider him to be one of the best assistant coaches in Division I soccer," said Luzzi. "He has all the tools necessary to eventually be an outstanding head coach, and I am thrilled to promote him."
In 2009, his first season at NIU, Donnelly helped the Huskies to a 10-win campaign, including wins over Oregon State and Wisconsin, as well as a draw against top-ranked North Carolina. Last season the Huskies won nine games, including a perfect 2-0 mark against Big Ten foes, defeating Northwestern and Wisconsin. NIU has had six all-conference honorees in the past two seasons.
"I am excited to continue working alongside Eric, our staff, and our student-athletes, to achieve the considerable goals we have set out as a program," said Donnelly. "I am also very grateful to Eric and our athletics administration here at NIU for this opportunity to continue to develop as a coach and leader, and to help provide our student-athletes with a first class experience."
Prior to Northern Illinois, Donnelly served as the head coach at Mars Hill College (NCAA Division II) in North Carolina, where in 2007 and 2008 he led the Lions to their two best seasons since the turn of the century. In 2008, Mars Hill recorded the fourth-highest win total in school history, and Donnelly guided the Lions to regional rankings in both of his seasons at the helm.
He holds a United States Soccer Federation "B" Coaching License and has earned a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Donnelly graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a double major in English literature and Spanish in 2002 and also earned his master's degree in European history from Washington College in 2005.